Artificial intelligence could find your next internship

Credit: Rebecca Enright/Art Editor Credit: Rebecca Enright/Art Editor

You spend hours carefully polishing your resume, cramming in as many action words as you possibly can without going over one page. You get your dress shirt ironed and your suit jacket dry-cleaned, so you look as sharp as possible during the interview. You attend every single possible job fair — even those unrelated to your major — so you can meet as many recruiters as possible. You comb through Glassdoor reviews to see which companies are the best to work for.

And after all that effort, you still have no idea which internship to apply for.

If that sounds like you, then good news! Artificial intelligence and neural networks can now make those daunting, life-changing career decisions for you. Researchers at Universitas Pendidikan Ganesha in Indonesia have recently developed an AI-based recommendation system that can assign students to internship placements that best match their skills and aspirations. To use the system, students must submit information about their skills, grades, aspirations and interests, as well as a personal survey to gauge some of their more subjective traits. With this information, the system can then generate placements, currently with a 95 percent accuracy in test runs comparing predictions to actual placements.

The motivation behind the study is a problem that college students have faced since time immemorial: where do you go work after graduation? With today’s increasingly competitive job market and shortage of available jobs in certain areas, it can be hard for even the most qualified candidates to make it into their preferred profession. The researchers hope that this system will help students find their purpose in life rather than being perpetually mired in a state of unemployment.

As exciting as this new system is, it is still in development, so you probably won’t be getting advice from a computer any time soon. In the meantime, if you’re having trouble figuring out what your direction in life is, you should check out Carnegie Mellon’s Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) which is an excellent resource for career assistance. A fulfilling career may be a lot closer than you think, so don’t lose hope!